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By Peter Stanford

Regardless of common prognostications concerning the 'death of God' and the triumph of secular materialism, faith is still a vital part within the lives of most folk world wide. There are presently considered 2 billion Christians, 1.2 billion Muslims, 800 million Hindus, besides a few seven hundred million fans of alternative religions.

Religion: 50 principles you really want to grasp deals a transparent course throughout the conceptual and denominational thickets of worldwide faith. Award-winning non secular affairs correspondent Peter Stanford starts off with an exam of sacred texts, the divine precept and stable and evil, earlier than relocating directly to a dialogue of different traditions inside Christianity, Islam, Judaism and the myriad customs of the East.

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What would we have said to them back then if we had managed to get them into a workshop? More important, would a workshop have made any sense, or was something else necessary? I leave this question open for debate, but it is not merely hypothetical or heuristic, and it is certainly not meant as a joke. We often make light of the religious fringe, because it relieves our tension about what they betray about the human and the religious human condition, and we also, in the process, enrage such people even more by not taking them seriously.

The religious human being in conflict must be approached on a number of planes, just like his secular counterpart. Some people think of peace and conflict rationally, in terms of the calculation of interests; others think in terms of ideological principles that necessitate conflict; and still others think in deep emotional terms. Most people tend to experience these questions in some combination of several cognitive and emotive constructs. It is exactly the same in religious life. Some people are moved to conflict or hatred by deep emotional scars, and they express this in religious terms; they clearly need to be moved from that stance by deep emotive methods of conflict resolution that emerge out of the moral guides of their traditions.

4 The broader ethical literature is the key, I will argue, to serious and constructive approaches to conflict prevention, resolution, and reconciliation in religious societies. It will also provide, if investigated well, several instructive paradigms for general conflict resolution theory and practice. The third problem with just war literature is the lack of consciousness of the varieties of cultural contexts that form the basis of how people think about conflict, war, and peacemaking. There is a tendency to define war and peace in terms of specific religious criteria in only some faith traditions and almost exclusively in terms of biblically based religions.

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